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Posted on Apr 11, 2008 in Uncategorized

Jeff Flake for Appropriations?

There has been a lot of chatter lately in Washington about which Republican should be placed on the ever-powerful House Appropriations Committee. In the many names that have surfaced, the most credible seem to be Congressman Tom Cole of the NRCC, and Congressman Jeff Flake, the oftentimes outspoke Member from Arizona.

I’ll get right to the point with Cole, there is absolutely no reason that he should be on Appropriations. If anything, his only argument seems to be that he thinks he would be a good fit for the job because of his position with the NRCC. However, I wouldn’t call the NRCC a champion organization of conservative thought these days.

Then there is Jeff Flake, the anti-earmark Arizonian. Flake has continually fought against earmark reform and has stood tall with other rising stars like Marsha Blackburn from Tennessee and Paul Ryan from Wisconsin.

After the Democrats released their budget in the wee hours before recess, it was the anti-earmark crowd that caught the ear of Americans, on both sides of the aisle. While David Obey tried his best to explain the legitimacy in these actions, from my vantage point, Americans were extremely disappointed in this maneuver, and the House heard about it from the various constituencies.

The problem with the Appropriations Committee is that it is one of those power committees, just like Ways and Means, where people are usually put on it based on their seniority and not by their qualifications and/or dedication to carrying out the best interests of the people.

I’ve read a few posts now the upcoming fight for Appropriations, and I truly think that this is something that should be made more known to the American people. Many people out there don’t even know what the Appropriations Committee is responsible for, and furthermore doesn’t know what potential power this committee has.

It’s going to be a fight, but I’m going to follow this one closely and hopefully the Republican Steering Committee will look beyond who has worked their way through the ranks and should have it, but instead focus on who has the best chance of bringing credibility on the issue of fiscal responsibility to the GOP.

More info on Appropriations: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_House_Committee_on_Appropriations

A good post on the upcoming fight:

http://www.crosstabs.org/stories/congress/the_road_to_recovery_begins_with_jeff_flake_on_appropriations

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